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China’s Chang’e-5 leaves Moon while NASA pays $1 for regolith

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – China’s spectacular Moon mission continues: The Chang’e-5 probe left Moon’s surface yesterday with samples of dust and regolith on board, the BBC reported. “Right on cue, at 15:10 GMT, an ascent vehicle lit its engine to head up to a service module that will shepherd …

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Secure World Foundation’s briefing for the Biden transition team

As a new White House Administration begins preparing its agenda for many crucial issues, Secure World Foundation prepared a brief for the Biden transition team. Below is an executive summary of that brief. Outer space activities are more important to the United States now than at almost any time in …

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China lands on Moon while Musk wants Mars in six years

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – China successfully landed an uncrewed spacecraft on the Moon while Elon Musk accelerates his timetable to send humans to Mars. China landed its Chang’e-5 probe, which it launched end of November, on the Moon’s surface, Chinese CCTV and international media reported. The mission, named after …

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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Claudia Kessler on empowerment of women for space

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Claudia Kessler, Initiator, Founder, driving force of “Die Astronautin”, Bremen, Germany, talked inspiration and empowerment of woman for space. Imagine: February, 2022: A space crew with only women astronauts docks to the Unity Node after having flown aboard a Space X Falcon 9 in the Crew …

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Intelsat names new top managers with Gogo acquisition

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – Intelsat announced some changes in the management with the completion of its Gogo acquisition. John Wade will remain president of Gogo Commercial Aviation, now a division of Intelsat, the satellite firm said. Bruno Fromont, Intelsat’s former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, has been …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in November 2020

by Raphael Roettgen November’s space financing activity was clearly dominated by the US$500 million round by American rocket company Relativity Space, known for its extensive use of 3D printing in its manufacturing process. The round, which was subscribed by existing and new investors, occurred at at an eye-watering (considering the …

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Reusability: Rocket Lab on track for the next “Catch of the Day”

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Ready for the next “Catch of the Day”: the launch firm Rocket Lab published details of its recent “Return to Sender” mission where it recovered the first stage of its Electron rocket after a successful launch. During Electron’s final few kilometers of descent, the large …

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SpaceX to fly Starship 50,000 feet high, with 1/3 chance to get it back intact

Paris, 30 November 2020. – High on the agenda this week: SpaceX is planning to launch a Starship prototype into 50,000 feet altitude, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said last week. “Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, …

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